The Elections Commissioner said yesterday that measures had been taken to deploy an additional number of officials to vulnerable polling stations located in areas where a high number of complaints concerning election violence had been reported.
Speaking at a media briefing held at the Elections Department yesterday, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that polling stations located in Kaduwela, Warakapola, Minuwangoda, Attanagalle, Wilgamuwa and Chilaw would receive special attention, and the presence of Elections Department officials in those places would be increased.
“Unlike polling stations located in other areas, we have also decided to allow static as well as mobile elections observers to operate in the areas where a large number of complaints of election violence have been reported,” he said.
… He said certain election processes and trends should be changed in order to make the voting system more voter-friendly. “We have plans to bring in the Electronic Voting Machine as well as the advance voting system,” he said.